Though the summer sun still shines here in North Texas, we at DFW Style Daily are looking ahead. Today, our F/W 2014 Trending series continues, featuring key fashion trends for the season to come. Take note, and you’ll be ahead of the style curve come fall.
For Fall 2014, the ankle-length pant represents the most sophisticated change we have seen in women’s trousers for decades. “We’ve gone through a cycle of ironic pants with more conceptual shapes,” said Vogue Fashion Market and Accessories Director Virginia Smith. “This season, things are more streamlined, with styles that elongate the leg.”
To be sure, ankle pants should not be confused with capri or gaucho pants. Those calf-grazing styles have come and gone in the past century, disappearing and returning over the course of decades. The current trend, by definition, hits at the ankle.
Also contrary to popular misconception, ankle pants are not only acceptable, but flattering, for petites. Further, the length is a boon for tall women who often struggle to find slacks long enough to suit.
No matter your height, choose a stylishly slouchy pair, crafted of soft cotton fabric, or a slim and straight look, also known as a cigarette pant. Although they may be cuffed, a clean line is a fresher approach. As is so often the case in fashion, the key to a head-to-toe look featuring this trend is a great pair of shoes. Ballet flats or sandals are ideal right now; go with closed-toe pumps or booties for the crisp new autumn.
Read on for runway inspiration, plus two buy-it-now finds in our favorite new length:
On The Runway
Shop The Trend
Additional Research by Natalie Starnes for RSC Show Productions. All images via individual designers and retailers.